Asia-Pacific countries to identify barriers, take stock of progress on gender equality

Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on the Beijing+25 Review


[Media Advisory No. N/25/2019]

Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on the Beijing+25 Review

Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran
Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran

Almost 25 years on from the adoption of a game changing global agreement to achieve the rights of women and girls - the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment has been slow and uneven across the Asia-Pacific region. Persisting gender norms and stereotypes, as well as limited gender capacities, are among the critical bottlenecks to achieving transformational change, with negative implications to the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on the Beijing+25 Review, organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, will provide a platform for more than 500 government and civil society representatives to come together to explore policy options and strategies, including innovative approaches, towards realizing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

Note to Editors: You or your representatives are cordially invited to attend the Ministerial Conference.

What: Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on the Beijing+25 Review

When: 27 – 29 November 2019

Where: United Nations Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok

Key speakers: Ms. Armida S. Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAPMs. Anita Bhatia, Deputy Executive Director, UN WomenMs. Dubravka Šimonovic, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against WomenMinisterial and civil society representatives from over 46 Asia-Pacific countries

Media Highlights:

27 November, 0900-1000:

Opening Session

27 November, 1200–1400:

Asia Pacific Commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence”

27 November, 1715-1900:

Launch of the Pathways to Influence and Women’s Transformative Leadership Report

28 November, 1230–1330:

Identifying good practices on Women, Peace and Security across ASEAN

28 November, 1535–1700:

Realizing gender equality for women and girls in the thematic area of “Environmental conservation, climate action and resilience building”

29 November, 0900–1030:

Special Event: “The Power of Gender Data: When Young People Think Outside the Box”

29 November, 1100–1230:

Special Event: “Time is Now: Partnerships and Innovative Financing to Close the Gender Gap”

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Media Accreditation

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Interview Requests and Media Enquiries

For individual interview requests with senior UN officials or delegates and other media enquiries, please contact:

Montira Narkvichien, Regional Communications Specialist, UN Women Asia and the Pacific,
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